Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Shame on the UN

The UN still refuses to acknowledge what is going on in Sudan as genocide, something the US did a long time ago. By not calling it a genocide, the UN can keep on ignoring the atrocities. A report by a UN panel says the Janjaweed militia did commit acts of mass killings, rape and torture -- but guess what, it still isn't genocide. Not according to the UN anyway.

Now to have an organization like the UN, who is supposed to be the safeguard against atrocities like genocide, acting as if it were engaged in an academical-theoretical discussion is frankly disgusting. I am appalled at the status of the UN as a holy cow that is beyond criticism. The UN needs to be reformed now, or else there needs to be some serious thinking if this isn't the time to form a new body of free and truly democratic states to uphold global peace. An organization which would not be, and this is the important part, afraid of humanitarian intervention..

The way it is now, China with its oil interests in Sudan and Russia who sells arms to Sudan, constantly put in their veto as soon as the Security Council proposes an embargo. Of course an embargo won't do it. Things have already gone too far. But you can't have a peacekeeping organization which let's dictatorships and semi-democracies run the agenda. People are dying here! Kofi Annan should do the only decent thing and resign. I am sick of hearing the empty phraze of "never again". Kosovo, Rwanda, Iraq under Saddam and now Sudan. How long is this list to be? How many people are going to be allowed to die, because of UN-bureaucrats refusing to call things by their right name. What is going on in Darfur right now is genocide. Genocide. That is, the mass-slaying of innocent men, women and children by a corrupt and dictatorial regime. If this is not a task for the UN, then what is. And if the UN can't deal with this, then why do we need the UN in its present state? There is an urgent need to act now and stop the genocide. And if the UN can't, or rather won't do it, then I would prefer Pax Americana forced upon Sudans criminal regime any day soon.


At February 1, 2005 at 7:40 PM, Blogger Jody said...

There is a very specific legal definition of genocide. The UN recognized that there was indiscrimenant killing of civilians but could not find evidence to support the claim that any particular group was being systematicly targeted for eradication (i.e. genocide). The UN did suggest that there were "War Crimes" and "Crimes Against Humanity" being commited. Regardless of what you call it, these atrocities need to be stopped and those responsible held accountable.

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